Accuracy in Media

By a margin of 53 percent to 32 percent, Americans agree with President Donald Trump that the upcoming 2020 census should ask a citizenship question, according to a new poll by the Economist magazine created in partnership with YouGov. Since 1790, a citizenship question has been included in 10 of the 23 census questionnaires

The Economist survey asked: “Do you think the federal government should or should not ask people whether they are American citizens as part of the 2020 census?”

The respondents:

·       Should ask 53 percent

·       Should not ask 32 percent

·       Not sure 14 percent

“The Supreme Court has rejected including the question in a form the administration proposed but left the door open to another version,” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported. “And Trump is considering changing the version. And it can be done, according to legal expert and George Washington University Law professor John Banzhaf. ‘There are several rationales — including one based upon the Constitution itself — which could well still persuade the courts to permit a citizenship question on the census, especially if the explanation were included in the executive order now being considered, rather than in some new declaration by the Secretary of Commerce,’ he said in a review of the court’s decision.”

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